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Posted: 29/09/2013 at 23:06

I planted them late spring (from seed) - done well and the caterpillers love them - too much so (the birds don't seem to be bothered with them - the caterpillers that is) - these caterpillers, by the hundreds, have climbed up my house to pupate under the 'eaves' leaving dirty brown smudges (on white paint) once they've pupated.  I've had enough of it - insecticide and no more nasturtians - anyone recommend a similar 'climbing' annual (apart from Ipomea - that I can't seem to get going properly)?

Nerines - so looked forward and so disappointed....!

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:59

How are your Nerines? - I bought and planted the bulbs in a large tub late spring - most came up with strong green leaves that have now withered away over the past few weeks.  A few bulbs failed alltogether....  Planted in accordane with good horticultural practice - except maybe the 'compost' itself - mixed in too much sand I reckon.... so now moved into bog standard multipuprose with John Innes No3 added. Any good or should it be even more 'leaf mouldy'ish'?  (never had much success with these - even when I lived in Hertfordshire - now living near the coast near Newquay, Cornwall)

Where have all the ladybirds gone?

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:48

No ladybirds seen here in my garden near Newquay, Cornwall.  But then I've only just built the garden and the other new houses mostly don't have gardens - just 'Builders Lawns'.  But there again I've never lived near the coast before... perhaps they don't like the 'seaside'?

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 22:45

oops - image didn't show....

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 22:33

Thanks for the comments - and yes I suppose I just did dig it as I went along .... but I knew what I wanted to achieve and the levels were the key which I constantly checked with a long spirit level and at times a long plank of 'straight' wood to sit the level on.

Its only a small pond about 10' x 6' x 2'.  Just four levels.  The bottom and the top plus two in between at around 8/10" each - just what looked right at the time to take the 'dry stone' walling/paddle stones to hide any sign of a liner.  And I have to say I'm well pleased with the result.  Having built a few ponds before - some much larger .... this is my best to date.

This one ....

was the one before at my previous house - a 3,500 gal Koi pond with multiple filters in a purpose built shed... somewhat different


Pond Visitor

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 22:54


Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 23:13

Those 'lovely smooth rocks'  :-}  are known as 'paddle stones' and from my supplier cost £350 for a large 'dumpy' bag.  But u don't need to use these of course .... sharp edged are fine to as long as they are largeish ...... I have a few large Cornish flint type blocks in there and around the edge as well......

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:04

That seemed to work - so another.....

  All looks a little bare and new - because it is just 3 weeks old - but at least the waters cleared now...

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:03

OK - another go .....

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:01

Nope ..... just went straight to photobucket and showed ALL my photos...

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